Ding-Dong! My Classroom Management Game-Changer: A Wireless Doorbell

With almost a decade of teaching experience in middle and high school classrooms, I've spent a fair amount of time trying to improve my classroom management techniques. But one thing I know for sure is that it IS a work in progress that doesn't happen overnight! One of the most important aspects of classroom management is … Continue reading Ding-Dong! My Classroom Management Game-Changer: A Wireless Doorbell

Increase Rigor and Engagement: Top 2 Task Card Strategies for the Middle School Classroom

If you haven't heard... content-related task cards are "all the rage" in education right now, all the way from Kinder to Upper Secondary. I was skeptical of their function and effectiveness a few years ago (when I first stumbled upon a set on a respected teacher's blog), but since then, I've created, tested and improved … Continue reading Increase Rigor and Engagement: Top 2 Task Card Strategies for the Middle School Classroom

Motivation Monday… Ehhh – Wait… It’s Tuesday!

I'm not going to let my "summer brain" stop me from being highly-motivated this week! "New Teacher" orientation kicks off tomorrow and I couldn't be more excited! I was in Office Max this morning (having some MORE classroom decor printed and laminated) and I noticed they are currently having a huge sale on printing and … Continue reading Motivation Monday… Ehhh – Wait… It’s Tuesday!

My Latest Modge Podge Project: Filing Cabinets Decaupaged with Book Pages

When I walked into my classroom for the first time this year, the first thing I laid my eyes on were the FIVE mismatched (in color and in height) filing cabinets standing against the largest wall in the classroom. I instantly thought, "There is no way that I am going to be able to mask … Continue reading My Latest Modge Podge Project: Filing Cabinets Decaupaged with Book Pages

Just in Case You Were UNAWARE…

It's not my style to use this blog to PROMOTE, PROMOTE, PROMOTE my educational products... but I thought some of you might want to know about this....My best-selling "Back to School" Activity bundle is now 28% OFF the already-reduced price! Yes, you can now grab 4 extremely unique and engaging activities for LESS than 5 … Continue reading Just in Case You Were UNAWARE…

Crafter’s Corner: Vintage and Travel Themed CCSS Standard Posters + “I Can..” Statements

Good morning guys! Seeing that it's "summer vacation", I should be able to say I'm overly rested and itching to tackle my "to do" list - but.... I stayed up WAYYY past my bed time "crafting"! No, I wasn't decoupaging letters or creating another travel themed bunting - I was actually "digitally crafting"!Last year, I wrote the … Continue reading Crafter’s Corner: Vintage and Travel Themed CCSS Standard Posters + “I Can..” Statements

Pinning is Winning: 1 Pinterest Strategy That Has BOOSTED My Exposure!

When I opened my TPT store back in March of 2014, I spent a decent amount of time reading through all of the threads within the Seller's Forum. Day after day I read posts from sellers "swearing" by Pinterest as a tool to increase sales! I just wasn't buying it. "What are the chances of someone … Continue reading Pinning is Winning: 1 Pinterest Strategy That Has BOOSTED My Exposure!

Flash FREEBIE: BACK TO SCHOOL Instagram “Task Card” Activity

Back to School Instagram Activity

I just used an activity that I created this summer for the first time with a summer school intervention (reading strategies) class. I had such a great experience that it made me want to share it with other educators! The students were diggin' it and we're highly engaged the entire time. Discussion was meaningful and … Continue reading Flash FREEBIE: BACK TO SCHOOL Instagram “Task Card” Activity

All New Back to School Activities for Middle and High School Students

Yes, it's that time again... "Back to School" is just around the corner! As a high school teacher, this has always been an exciting time for me! I love getting my classroom and teaching resources shined up and ready to welcome another class of students! With that being said, I've spent a lot of time … Continue reading All New Back to School Activities for Middle and High School Students